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February 19, 2020

Episode: 12

Host: Trami Nguyen Cron

Male Voice: Thomas Vo

Female Voice: Trami Nguyen Cron

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

In this episode, you will be hearing ten translated stories written by Vietnamese elders from San Jose, CA as part of an art exhibit at the San Jose Museu...

January 22, 2020

Episode: 11

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Guest: Céline Do

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

In this episode, we’ll be talking to Céline Hồng Hương Đỗ, a Vietnamese-Canadian figurative oil painter and filmmaker, who is currently produ...

November 27, 2019

Immigration is now a controversial topic, whether it’s regarding the legality to which groups are “allowed” or “welcome.” The Sea That Beckoned by poet Angela Gabrielle Fabunan illustrates her personal experience immigrating from the Philippines to New York, USA as she...

August 22, 2019

When writers of color share their work, their ethnic background is often taken into consideration; however, individuals are complex and contain a myriad of experiences and identities outside of their ethnicity.

Chrysanthemum Tran is a Vietnamese American poet and the f...

August 13, 2019

This story is republished with permission from Kristi Yang.  Though Yang is not of Vietnamese descent, her story resonates with Vietnamese traditions.  Here is her story:

I hated everything about the Hmong culture. I hated attending weddings, gatherings, funerals,...

August 7, 2019

Experiencing new foods, cultures, events and festivities has always been a highlight of traveling for me when traveling.  I love getting immersed in the new environment whether it is trying new foods, checking out local markets, or enjoying the local festivals.

One fes...

July 10, 2019

Amongst the innumerable books to be read and enjoyed, there are a few that shake our core, that cause us to question and savor our own stances and the experiences that shaped these viewpoints. Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is an exploration of concepts...

June 20, 2019

Chopsticks Alley Podcast Episode 8:

An Interview With Spoken Word Poet Kristina Robertson

Hosts: Jennifer Tran & Trami Cron

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

Producer: Chopsticks Alley
Guest: Kristina Robertson
Edited by: Jennifer Tran

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January 27, 2019

Here are some photos I have kept for more than thirty years. Taken on the island of Pulau Bidong, Malaysia, the photos show Vietnamese refugees on the first day of the Lunar New Year (February 17, 1988). It was on this island that more than 300,000 people landed after...

January 25, 2019

Chopsticks Alley Art, our non-profit organization to promote Southeast Asian art and artists, will be opening our Salt Stained: HOME Exhibit at San Jose City Hall tonight. 

The grand celebration will take place at the Rotunda from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  See you then!

To RSVP c...

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